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Medication error leaves 72 year old in wheel chair for life

Medication errors can have serious consequences. According to the Mayo Clinic, medication errors are one of the leading causes of preventable medical mistakes in the U.S., injuring more than 1 million people each year. While it may sound insignificant, mistakes administering and prescribing medication can actually have life-threatening consequences. Maryland readers may find the following blog on hospital negligence and medication errors interesting.

A jury in Southport, Connecticut recently awarded a patient at Bridgeport Hospital $9.3 million following a serious medical mistake involving medication. According to the plaintiff's attorney, the 72-year-old Southport woman was given an overdose of the drug Lovenox while she was being treated for a urinary tract infection. Due to the medication overdose, what should have been a simple medical issue resulted in the woman suffering life-long injuries.

According to the plaintiff's civil suit, the overdose resulted in the plaintiff requiring a blood transfusion and multiple surgical procedures. The surgical procedures were required to remove blood from the woman's peritoneal cavity, as well as contain and control bleeding to prevent further damage. According to the medical malpractice lawsuit, the injuries and damages the plaintiff sustained as a result of the medication error were a direct result of the hospital's negligence.

If someone is injured because of a medication error it may be possible to recover damages. In a medical malpractice case, to recover financial damages for medical expenses and lost wages, the injured party must be able show that the injury and harm suffered was the result of doctor error or hospital negligence. To prove negligence in a medical malpractice case the patient must be able to show that the care they received fell below a generally accepted standard of care a patient should expect under the circumstances.

Source: The Courant, "Southport Woman Awarded $9.3 Million In Medical Malpractice Suit," Hilda Munoz, Oct. 25, 2013

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